‘Becoming’ was by far one of my favorite reads from last year. Michelle inspired millions and has been in the spotlight for eight years, but be ready to discover more about the former First Lady.
It was the first time I read an autobiography as I always thought it wouldn’t be my genre, but after I received it for Christmas, I couldn’t wait to dive right in and it did not disappoint!
Just to reassure you, ‘Becoming’ won’t be a full political summary of Obama’s presidency. It surely is part of it and you’ll read how politics affected their marriage and family life. But this book is more than this!
You might have thought to know everything about her. Being under the spotlight for eight years and being the other half of the former USA president, but sit back and be ready to be amazed. ‘Becoming’ is full of memories: from a feisty young girl pushing through every stereotype to a growing young woman working in a non-profit organization and being a mum.
Michelle Robinson was born in a modest south-side Chicago family, striving to do well in school and push out of any boundaries imposed by society.
She speaks with love and pride about her family, that shaped the woman she is today. Since being a child, Michelle faced the differences and inequalities of being black, but this though never stopped or defined her.
After being accepted at Princeton and following her law studies at Harvard, this lady always earned what she wanted with hard work and used her knowledge to help others get involved in non-profit organizations, which is the same idea and feeling that was behind her plan of issues to tackle while in the White House.
On her first law firm job, she meets her life companion, Barack. The spark is instant and mutual and, well, then it’s all history!
In between the Senate and elections, they welcome to the family Malia and Sasha. After entering the White House, she gives an honest picture of what it used to be and what she needed to face raising two small girls in such a famous address.
What had me really impressed is how tight the family is, everyone always made time for dinner, and her as a mother always kept everyone glued together.
“I’d been lucky to have parents, teachers, and mentors who’d fed me with a consistent, simple message: You matter. As an adult, I wanted to pass those words to a new generation.”Becoming, Michelle Obama
“Becoming” is warm, honest, energetic, and full of emotions. Michelle did make me cry more than once. She’s as much as us through most of the book juggling from family and a journey of self-discovery and change, which makes her more relatable.
What she thought me is to always be humble and help others and most importantly to never ever believe you won’t do it or you’re not enough. Everyone can strive in everything if they do believe in it!
If you’re looking for a book to inspire and empower you, that’s the one!
Here you can find a link to the official page to the Obama Foundation that the couple founded. Also make sure to check out the documentary ‘Becoming’ on Netflix, following the author around America. Make sure to bring tissues.
Get a copy from Waterstones here, start reading and let me know what you think!